Archive - January 2021

9639: FEW IRISH PEOPLE PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL ONLINE DATA
Friday 29 January 2021
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Relatively few people in Ireland take steps to protect their data when they’re online.

A Eurostat survey shows that only one in three of us read privacy policy statements before providing personal details.

The figures show that just 38% of Irish internet users only allow restricted access to their geographical location, or refuse access to this information entirely.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the figures are extraordinary considering the high usage rate of internet devices by Irish people.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: highest in Europe

9638: IRISH ELECTRICITY PRICES AMONG HIGHEST IN EUROPE
Thursday 28 January 2021
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Electricity prices in Ireland are now the 4th highest in the European Union.

Only consumers in Germany, Denmark and Belgium pay more.

New figures from Eurostat show that Irish people pay 0.24 euro per kilowatt hour just behind Germany at 0.3 euro per kilowatt hour.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says the low production of electricity here from renewable sources is contributing to high costs.


Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in other countries

9637: MORE AND MORE IRISH PEOPLE ARE WATCHING VIDEO ON-DEMAND
Wednesday 27 January 2021
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50 per cent of Irish people now watch video on-demand compared to 39 per cent in 2018.

Ireland is now the 10th highest country in the EU out of 27 for using the internet to make phone and video calls.

The figures are contained in a new report from Eurostat.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Covid lockdowns and the popularity of Netflix are driving more people towards online activity.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: watching more Netflix

9636: EXCLUSIVE EU PREPARED TO HELP IRISH INDUSTRIES AFFECTED BY BREXIT, SAYS BARNIER
Friday 22 January 2021
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The European Commission says it will do all it can to ensure no industrial sectors in Ireland lose out in the short term because of Brexit.

The comments were made by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier after he was presented with 'The European of the Year' award by the European Movement in Ireland yesterday.

Michel Barnier says a contingency fund is in place but stressed it will not be business as usual for Irish firms trading with Great Britain because of the additional import and export documentation which will be necessary. 

Interviewee: Michel Barnier | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: business as usual

9635: ACCOMMODATION RENTAL COST INCREASES IN IRELAND THIRD HIGHEST IN EUROPE
Thursday 21 January 2021
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Ireland has seen the third highest rise in the EU in the cost of renting accommodation over 10 years.

New figures from Eurostat show that rental costs in Ireland rose by over 62% between 2010 and 2020 compared to the EU average of 14.6%. Only Estonia and Lithuania saw a bigger increase.

But the cost of buying a home here rose just 26%, similar to the EU average for the same period.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says increases in Irish rental costs are completely out of kilter with the rise in the cost of buying.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Greece and Cyprus

9634: PHARMACEUTICALS DEMAND MEANS THAT IRELAND’S INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SURGES
Wednesday 20 January 2021
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Ireland showed the biggest increase in industrial production in the European Union last November.

Industrial production here increased by a massive 40.8% compared to November the previous year.

Latest figures from Eurostat show there was a 74% surge in demand for pharmaceutical products created by Covid-19.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says the increase in demand was extraordinary.


Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to pharmaceutical companies

9633: ECC IRELAND WILL STILL PROCESS IRISH CONSUMER COMPLAINTS WITH UK TRADERS
Friday 15 January 2021
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The European Consumer Centre office in Ireland says it will continue to process many types of complaints from Irish consumers dealing with UK traders. 

It says that with the signing of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, most support procedures remain in place.

However the EU is still awaiting clarity from the British Government on how some specific kinds of complaints will be treated.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says a number of outstanding legal issues remain to be addressed.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: are with that

9632: IRELAND IS WORST COUNTRY IN EUROPE FOR USING RENEWABLE SOURCES FOR ENERGY
Thursday 14 January 2021
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Ireland is the worst country in Europe for use of renewable energy.

Only six per cent of energy used in households, factories, hospitals and schools in Ireland for heating and cooling comes from renewable sources.

The European Union is aiming to make the EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission says the figures for Ireland are very disappointing.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: that, in Sweden

9631: IRELAND IS 3RD MOST EXPENSIVE EU COUNTRY TO KEEP IN TOUCH
Wednesday 13 January 2021
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Irish people pay 50 per cent more than the European average to use their mobile phones and the internet.

Only Belgium and Greece are more expensive while people in Romania pay the lowest costs.

The figures are contained in a new survey of 27 countries by Eurostat.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says Ireland is now the third most expensive country in Europe for daily digital communications.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: in the EU

9630: IRISH SPEND ON ALCOHOL REMAINS ABOVE THE EU AVERAGE
Wednesday 06 January 2021
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Irish households continue to spend more on alcohol than the EU average, according to new figures for 2019 from Eurostat.

They show that just over two per cent of total Irish household expenditure went on alcohol compared to the EU average of 1.6 per cent.

The figure was highest in Latvia at 4.8 per cent and lowest at just under one per cent in Greece and Italy.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the figures for Ireland next year may increase because of the Covid 19 lockdowns.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: during the lockdown